Celebrate fall at the Huntsburg Pumpkin Festival! There is no entrance fee and all contests, entertainment and attractions are free. We offer free parking and a free shuttle service from the parking areas to the Festival grounds 10:00 a.m. till 6:00 p.m. Pancake & waffle breakfast starting at 8:30 a.m.
We have many vendors and crafters filling our two buildings along with a midway of fabulous food. Join in one of our free contests ribbons and trophies awarded to the winners.
General Information and schedule of events Huntsburg Pumpkin Festival.
This year our attractions include Jungle Terry, Antique Tractors & The Historical Engine Society, Classic Car Show, Fort Huntsburg Country Band, Cardinal School Show Choir the Cardinaires, The Cardinal Marching Band, Bagpipe performance by Geauga Highlanders, The Usual Suspects Band, Country Singer Raelynn Debevits, K-9, Demos by Geauga County Sheriff’s Dept., The University Hospital Pet Pals and the Walnut Hill Cloggers. Our Super parade is Sunday at 2:15 p.m.
Huntsburg Pumpkin Run
Celebrating another year, the Huntsburg Pumpkin Run traverses a scenic part of the Buckeye Trail. The Pumpkin Run held October 8th starts at 9:00 a.m. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. at Grandview Golf Club parking lot. Entry fee is $15.00 free T-shirt to the first 50 to enter. Headwaters Park is a 96-acre reservation located in Claridon and Huntsburg Townships. The trail winds alongside the water, over a stream, through fields and woods offering a peaceful and scenic run. Sponsored by Dr. Bob Evans, Lucas Pest Management Co, Marge’s Smoke Shop Ltd., KT’s Custom Logos, Kokosing Construction Co., Huntington Bank, Frank Martuccio Asphalt & Paving, Silvercreek Veterinary Clinic, Inc., Schneiders Saddlery, Fitness Plus, Our Furry Friends and Sages Apples.
The Pancake Breakfast is open each day from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. It features all you can eat pancakes and Belgium waffles with sausage, orange juice, real maple syrup and a variety of hot beverages. We serve the Fowler Milling Company’s buttermilk and pumpkin pancake mix, Bob Evans Original Sausage Links with Natural Maple Syrup from Huntsburg Maple Syrup Producers and what a treat they are. Adults $6.00, Seniors $5.00 Child Ages 5 –12 $3.00 Children under 5 are Free.
Wanted Floats for the Huntsburg Pumpkin Festival Parade, Sunday, October 8th at 2:15 p.m. Theme: “A Salute to Educators” people & pets for more information, contact Michele at 440-636-3368. Award for best dressed pet in costume by Schneider Saddlery.
Carved and Decorated Pumpkin Show entries should be brought to the Huntsburg Center Pavilion on Saturday October 7th between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 am. All entries must remain until 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. The categories are as follows:
- Adult Carved Pumpkin (ages 13 & up)
- Adult Decorated Pumpkin (ages 13 & up)
- Youth Carved Pumpkin (ages 12 and under)
- Youth Decorated Pumpkin (ages 12 & under)
- Scarecrows: Standing, sitting, straw, wood or newspaper – anything goes (Head need not be pumpkin)
- Totem Poles: Five or more pumpkins, squash or gourds
Baking Contest Register Saturday, October 7th by 8:00 a.m. at the Town Hall Judging at 10:00 a.m. All entries must contain pumpkin as one of the ingredients. Categories are Under 13 Anything pumpkin and Pumpkin Pie. Bakers 13 & over may enter Traditional Pumpkin Pies, Cakes, Breads, and other items. Non-traditional pumpkin pies will be entered in the other category.
Tot King & Queen Contest ages 4 – 6 register at the tent in front of the Town Hall Saturday, October 7th at 10:00 am. Call Jeannette at 440-636-5354.
Giant Pumpkin Show – register and weigh in on Thursday, October 5th between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at the Huntsburg Center Pavilion. Call Jerry at 440-636-5145.
- Largest Pumpkin – CASH AWARD – judged on natural weight
- Natural Field Pumpkin – judged on largest size
- Largest Zucchini – judged on natural weight
- Largest Potato – judged on natural weight
- Largest Sunflower – judged on width of head
Classic Car Show Rain or Shine bring your favorite Classic Auto no admission fee October 7th & 8th, — 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. behind Huntsburg Elementary School. People’s choice trophy awarded each day and $100 check. A Participation Plaque for the first twenty-five cars that arrive each day.
Pumpkin Queen Contest
High School Girls in the 10th, 11th & 12th Grades schools include Berkshire, Cardinal, Chardon, Grand Valley, Ledgemont, Newbury and Notre Dame. Please call Diane Hunt at 440-636-5514 by September 20th a Cash Prize will be awarded to the elected Queen.
Junior Queen Contest Attention Middle School Girls in 6th, 7th & 8th Grades Attending Berkshire, Cardinal, Chardon, Newbury, Grand Valley, Ledgemont, St Helens.
A Cash Prize will be awarded to the elected Queen. To register please call Jessica Jackson 440-636-3172 by September 20th.
The Historical Engine Society and Antique Tractors display at the festival:
The Historical Engine Society, Inc is a non profit organization whose purpose is to provide a focal point for people interested in the machinery of a bygone era. We encourage collection, preservation, restoration and exhibition of power producing devices and the machinery driven by these units. Items range from steam traction engines, to gas tractors and engines, to horse drawn and hand powered machinery.
Club fellowship consists of the sharing of knowledge, ideas, and educational programs. Work parties, picnics, and field trips make this a truly family oriented organization. The annual show is a year-round effort, culminating in a gathering of people and their machines. Visitors are treated to the sights, sounds, and demonstrations of the power of the past.
How We Started
Four men met in the fall of 1970 and held first discussions about starting a club for antique engine buffs in the area. The first formal meeting was held on December 10, 1970 and the organization was formed.
By February 1971, we had adopted the name Historical Engine Society, to reflect the majority interest in tractor and stationary engines. A membership of 20 was then in the fold. The state of Ohio issued a charter to our newly incorporated society, which was now planning its first large exhibition near Burton, Ohio, in late July, 1971.
What We Are Doing Now
The Historical Engine Society now has over 300 members. We work in cooperation with the Geauga County Historical Society to maintain the mechanical antiques in the collection of the Century Village Museum, and also to present the annual Antique Power Exhibition at the museum. We also exhibit at various festivals around the area, such as the Lake FarmPark Fall Harvest Festival, and the National Packard Car Show.
The aggregate zeal of our members can be seen in the numbers of machines collected, the number of special trailers built for moving machinery, and in the growing scarcity of collectibles “genus mechanical”. Many members enjoy informal work nights or other sessions where people with like interests gather to lighten a heavy task, or to share tips on restoration and information such as the recent discovery of a rare engine.
Care to Join Us?
Do you have an interest in old machinery? Do you have something at home that you need information on or can’t identify? Would you like to see and learn more about antique machines and tools our members have collected?
The Historical Engine Society meets the second Thursday of each month except August and December in the church basement at Century Village in Burton, Ohio. Meetings start at 7:30 p.m. Century Village is located on the southeast corner of Burton square where Ohio routes 87 and 700 meet. Membership is open to any person. Annual dues are $10.00 individual and $18.00 family.
Contact the Historical Engine Society at: Historical Engine Society PO Box 945, Burton, Ohio 44021
Geauga Bowmen will be providing an Archery Shoot at the festival: Geauga Bowmen supports the National Archery in the Schools Program, and partners with various Boy Scouts of America Troops around northeast Ohio. All archery shoots at Geauga Bowmen Archery Club are youth-friendly, and beginner-friendly, and equipment is available for use.
The Geauga Bowmen Archery Club was founded in 1953. Since then, we’ve been operating our club grounds on approximately 65 acres of rugged wooded terrain perfectly suited for archery. We maintain five unique courses including a practice range and pavilion. Geauga Bowmen The address for the club grounds are:12525 Sperry Road, Chesterland, Ohio 44021.
Pictured In Cover Photo: Huntsburg Pumpkin Festival attendee enjoying the Pumpkin Smashing tent.